Defending the Second Amendment

For West Virginians, guns are part of our way of life. The Second Amendment guarantees our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. Whether for self-defense or sport, our right to own guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

In Washington, D.C., the new House Majority under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it a top priority to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Our way of life in West Virginia is under attack.

Instead of passing bills to appease anti-gun special interest groups, Congress should focus on supporting law-abiding gun owners, and make sure training is accessible for safe and lawful use.

Thankfully, President Donald Trump has been a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment and I will continue to work him to prevent Democrats in Congress from further eroding our cherished constitutional rights.

On May 1, 2019, I joined my good friend and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise to introduce H.R. 2443, The Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act. This legislation makes essential changes to current law and removes much of the old and unnecessary red tape that is currently burdening law-abiding citizens who wish to lawfully purchase and sell firearms.

Specifically, under the changes in our bill, licensed dealers will be able to transfer firearms to out-of-state buyers and sell firearms at out-of-state gun shows as long as the buyer and seller both comply with the laws in their states. This law respects federalism so that gun buyers and sellers simply comply with state laws.

This bill also protects the Second Amendment rights of members of our military, who make sacrifices every day so that we can live in freedom. It is ridiculous that we punish our service members by not allowing them to purchase guns in different states just because they are stationed in another state, serving their country. This bill would allow members of the Armed Forces and their spouses to purchase firearms as residents of their state of legal residence, the state in which their permanent duty station is located, and the state in which they maintain a residence while serving at their permanent duty station.

It is wrong to punish law abiding citizens, like our Armed Forces members and their spouses, by limiting their ability to purchase a firearm at gun shows.

Every American has the right to be safe and secure in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, and places of work. Our Second Amendment helps ensure that security. Nancy Pelosi and her allies in Congress are focused on stripping away the rights of law-abiding West Virginians, and I will not sit back and let that happen.

I will continue to work with my friend Steve Scalise and colleagues in Congress to protect our Second Amendment and defend our West Virginia way of life.


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